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Fake News

This website exposes people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other.
The Reporters’ Lab is a center for journalism research in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Its core projects focus on fact-checking, along with occasional research about trust in the news media and other topics.
This website, and an accompanying column in the Sunday print edition of The Washington Post, is to “truth squad” the statements of political figures regarding issues of great importance, be they national, international or local. It’s a big world out there, and so we rely on readers to ask questions and point out statements that need to be checked.
PolitiFact is owned by the nonprofit Poynter Institute for Media Studies. PolitiFact had been owned by the Tampa Bay Times, but in 2018 direct ownership of PolitiFact was transferred from the Times to Poynter, which is the newspaper’s parent company. The move allows PolitiFact to function fully as a not-for-profit national news organization, focused on looking at specific statements made by politicians and rating them for accuracy. PolitiFact is run by the editors and journalists who make up the PolitiFact team.
Snopes is the oldest and largest fact-checking site online, widely regarded by journalists, folklorists, and readers as an invaluable research companion. Its fact-checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. Every story is documented in sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds.
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